Letter from the Mayor – Make Something Today

It’s been a busy month in Burlington. As the weather warms, our city is gearing up for an eventful summer. Construction crews are hard at work all across our city working on new businesses, apartments and even a new hotel. This warm weather is also the signal that it’s festival season. 4th Fridays in Downtown Burlington begin on May 27th. This will be one of the busiest summers ever in our city with great new events like monthly food truck rodeos and the weekly North Park Farmers Market.

In addition to all the construction and celebrations, you’ll hear a lot about the Maker Movement. That’s because Burlington is a nationally recognized Maker City and has accepted the Mayor’s Maker Challenge. Burlington has teamed up with The Alamance Makers Guild, Elon University, Alamance Community College, and ABSS to incorporate Maker programs and spaces all across our city including the new STEAM Junction Maker Space in downtown across from the Paramount Theater.

But what is the Maker Movement? The Maker Movement is a coming together of creative people of all ages and from all walks of life. It’s a movement that fulfills our basic human desire to invent, design and create. And a Maker Space the hub where it all happens; think of it a gymnasium for geeks. It’s a place where everyone can come to learn or share skills. It’s also a space where you can come to use 3D printers, laser cutters, CNC mills, industrial sewing machines and much, much more. Spaces like these have helped topple the barriers to innovation and have slashed the cost of building your first prototype by 98%! Together, we are building a city of Makers, where everyone has the opportunity to turn their ideas into businesses. Get excited, get hands-on and MAKE something today!

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